Velvetleaf should be easy to spot among this season's fodder beet plantings. It usually stands well above the growing beet and looks distinctive.
However, in Southland it can be shorter and more difficult to spot amongst the crop.
If you have planted fodder beet, and in particular Kyros or Bangor varieties, check your fields.
If you find velvetleaf:
- Take a photo of the plant or plants, if possible
- Mark the location, so it's easy to find again
- Do NOT remove it. This can only be done by a warranted officer
- Contact MPI immediately on our pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.